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East Midlands Trains 'disappointed' at strike action

East Midlands Trains say they are 'disappointed' that workers' union Unite has chosen to strike next week.

They say they have put on extra staff to cope with any disruption:

We have put forward a very reasonable and fair offer, which represents a 2.75% pay increase to our engineering staff. We are therefore disappointed that Unite has chosen to take this action, clearly attempting to cause disruption for our customers.

During the industrial action, we will be working hard to deliver the best service we can and will have extra staff on hand at a number of stations to assist passengers with their journeys.

– East Midlands Trains

Trains affected by East Midlands staff strike

Several services run by East Midlands Trains will be affected by afour day strike by staff at depots including Leeds.

The company have listed some of the changed services affecting the Calendar region:

The following trains will not run;

  • 0634 Leeds - London St Pancras.
  • 1815 London St Pancras - Leeds.

The following trains will be altered;

  • 0525 Leeds - London St Pancras will start from Sheffield.
  • 1932 London St Pancras - Leeds will terminate at Sheffield.
  • 1955 London St Pancras - Leeds will terminate at Sheffield.

Several services will be replaced by busses:

  • Nottingham - Mansfield / Worksop.
  • Doncaster - Lincoln.
  • Nottingham - Newark
  • Derby - Matlock
  • Leicester - Lincoln

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Train staff to strike over 'paltry' pay offer

East Midlands Trains staff are to strike for four days in a dispute over pay.

Engineering and maintenance staff in Leeds, as well as Derby and Nottingham, will strike from 6am on Sunday 27 July to 5.59am on Thursday 31 July.

Workers' union Unite asked for an improvement on what they describe as a 'paltry' 2.75 percent pay rise for the year April 2014 to April 2015. That offer has now been withdrawn by East Midlands Train bosses, according to the union.

The strike coincides with the "big get away" weekend as schools across the country stop for summer and many families rely on public transport to go on holiday.

Our members have worked hard for this company adapting to the many changes asked of them. However, they were very disappointed with the current paltry pay offer, now withdrawn, at a time when household bills are going through the roof. The management has not applied equal treatment to this group of workers as other groups of employees have received greater improvements to their terms and conditions. The timing of this dispute was set by the employer’s failure to recognise Unite members’ legitimate grievances.

– Mick Millichamp, Unite regional officer

East Midlands Trains staff work to rule

Members of the RMT union will start a work to rule from next Saturday on East Midlands Trains. The industrial action follows claims their bosses are trying to bully them into accepting new shift patterns while engineering work is being carried out - something the company denies.

Staff will refuse to work overtime or any tasks which fall outside their agreed terms and conditions.

Fares on East Midland trains set to rise

Rail fares on East Midland trains are set to rise. Prices will increase by 4%, meaning the average cost of a single journey will increase by 52 pence. Bosses at East Midlands Trains say the hike is needed for investment into their fleet of nearly one hundred trains and stations.

They also say it will make the system more cost-efficient and help take the pressure off future fare rises.

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Train strikes

There will be disruption on rail services across the region as drivers at East Midlands Trains go on strike.

They are unhappy over changes to the pension scheme. All services on major routes from Sheffield will be affected. East Midlands Trains has pledged to run a skeleton service.